Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Following the film’s release on Netflix, much has already been written about it, both good and bad. With the bad, it seems to be that critics are focusing on the comedy, saying it’s too ‘on the nose’. With the good, many are saying that this is less a satirical comedy and more a documentary of the times in which we find ourselves. Thus the comedy … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Halloween movies to watch on streaming (UK) in 2021

It’s that time of year again — spooky Christmas! For some of us, Halloween is far more interesting an occasion to celebrate than the fake birthday of Jesus. It’s the time of year for witches, magic, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. That time when weirdos and misfits come out to play, and everything gets a bit supernatural. If … Continue reading Halloween movies to watch on streaming (UK) in 2021

Space Sweepers: Star Wars meets Firefly

Space Sweepers (2021) is a South Korean movie that recently dropped on Netflix. It’s described as a space western and is directed by Jo Sung-hee, whose most notable film to date is probably a fantasy romance called A Werewolf Boy (2012). With Space Sweepers, the setup is the year is 2092 and the Earth is screwed (isn’t it always). There’s an ‘evil’ corporation called UTS … Continue reading Space Sweepers: Star Wars meets Firefly

Love and Monsters review: a sweet and uplifting fairytale

There’s a cardinal rule in moviemaking, do what you want to people, but whatever you do, DO NOT hurt a dog. Something, I feel, the filmmakers for this (new to Netflix) movie Love and Monsters, kept in mind, but those that made John Wick (2014) did not. But before we get to this aforementioned dog, let’s set the scene. Love and Monsters is a post-apocalyptic comedy, of sorts. Continue reading Love and Monsters review: a sweet and uplifting fairytale

Top ten alternative Christmas movies

Now is the time of year when a lot of people become insufferable, spouting their Christmas cheer all over the place. And I bet there was a good chance you reacted negativel to me saying that, right? Probably with something like, ‘Don’t be a scrooge! Cheer up, it’s chriiiissstmaaas!’ Well, this is exactly the sort of thing that drives me mad. To be honest, I’d … Continue reading Top ten alternative Christmas movies

Top 10 elevator scenes in movies

Is your screenplay complete without a good elevator scene? Probably not. As a director can you forgive yourself for not including one? No. So there’s the argument, an open-and-shut case. Any film worth its salt has an elevator scene, so here are a few I’ve picked out I rather like. What would make your list? Drive Oddly tender yet completely brutal, here Ryan Gosling’s character … Continue reading Top 10 elevator scenes in movies

Spy: McCarthy prods buttock

After lengthy success in TV (Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly), Melissa McCarthy finally broke through to film in 2011’s Bridesmaids, almost stealing the whole thing from the rest of the cast. In 2013 she received critical and commercial acclaim for The Heat with Sandra Bullock and, last year, starred opposite Bill Murray in quirky comedy St. Vincent. So she’s been building to a big project … Continue reading Spy: McCarthy prods buttock